Breaking Burgundy's Film Analyst Paul Conner will be in the lab crunching film on college prospects up until the 2016 NFL Draft. He will be sharing his notes on each player he watches throughout the process.
(Analysis of games vs. Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Miami, and Virginia Tech)
Positives: Jeremy Cash is a tone-setter -- and a name to track at the 2016 Senior Bowl. He is an absolute sledge-hammer who is disruptive in the box. His big hits send turnover-creating jolts not only through the ball carrier but excite his fellow defenders as well. Cash is not afraid of contact regardles of who's in his path, often going at mach speed without showing fear. He has a good ability to shoot gaps and make plays in the backfield. I don't envy being a blocker from the slot and trying to block him because Cash throws them around like children, making plays on hand-offs and screens. His ability to shoot gaps also makes him a good blitzer. Teams would try running out of four receiver sets simply to get Cash out of the box.
Concerns: Though listed at safety, Cash was basically a glorified linebaker at Duke (In general terms, think Cardinals rookie Deone Bucannon). He rarely played away from the line of scrimmage. In the NFL, versaility is becoming more and more important. It's much easier to find a strong safety than a free safety. Cash looks very stiff when having to make sudden movements in the open field. He looked much better in zone coverage than man coverage and that will be an issue at the next level as well.
If drafted by Redskins: Scot McCloughan has already dipped into the Duke program with Jamison Crowder and could do it again. Cash would play near the line of scrimmage on run downs and become a nickel linebacker on passing downs. Redskins did this with Kyshoen Jarrett late in the year after he'd been a nickel corner and safety. With so many questions in the secondary, it's hard to tell where all will line up. If the coaches want to move Jarrett, Cash could take over that nickel role.
Paul Conner is the Film Analyst and a Draft Evaluator at Breaking Burgundy. You can follow him on Twitter @P_ConnerJr
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